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Journalist and Westford resident Lylah M. Alphonse kicks off the “Celebrity Series” next week of “Main Street, Westford” with WestfordCAT News Director Joyce Pellino Crane.
Alphonse visited the WestfordCAT studio on Thursday for a half-hour interview with Crane. The show will air for the first time on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. on Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 35.
Alphonse is the managing editor for news at U.S. News & World Report, where she oversees the newsroom and coordinates coverage of national issues ranging from politics and policy to higher education and health care. She previously worked as a senior editor and writer at Yahoo.com, where she created and curated the “Women in Politics” section of Yahoo News, was part of its 2012 election editorial team, and wrote about health, career, parenting trends, politics, and pop culture for the Yahoo homepage and its women’s issues portal, Shine, according to her career biography.
Before joining Yahoo, she spent 16 years as an editor and writer at The Boston Globe, working in the National News, Living/Arts and Sunday Magazine departments and writing book reviews, news features, and the parenting column for Boston.com. She said she juggled college and career while working at the Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., graduated cum laude from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1994, and was inducted into their Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000.
Alphonse often appears on the WGBH program “Greater Boston” with Jim Braude.
She and her husband Mike Saunders have two children, ages 12 and 10, who attend Westford public schools. She is the stepmother of three others, ages 23, 20 and 18.
Alphonse commutes regularly from Westford to Washington, D.C. for her work.
Residents can tune in to WestfordCAT to hear about her experiences covering First Lady Michelle Obama and her views on fake news and how the media covered the recent Presidential election.